The judge said he was "no longer a man of good character"

Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink driving

TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 and given a 20-month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink driving. Speaking outside Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, he said: “I let myself down, I let a lot of people down. For that I’m truly sorry.” He also said he was “thankful no-one was hurt” in the three-car…Read More

The Windrush generation began arriving in the UK in 1948

Amber Rudd: Windrush generation treatment ‘appalling’

The home secretary has apologised for the treatment of the Windrush generation, saying it was “wrong” and “appalling” that some face deportation. Many immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth decades ago as children have been told they are here illegally. Amber Rudd said they would be helped to attain required documents for free and added…Read More

University staff will decide on Tuesday whether to back the deal announced by unions and employers

University staff suspend strikes over pensions

By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter University staff have suspended strikes which were set to hit summer exams after agreeing to fresh pension plans. Planned changes to staff pensions prompted 14 days of strike action at 64 universities in February and March, and more strikes were planned. University employers withdrew plans which the University…Read More

Michel Barnier is leading the Brexit negotiations for the EU

Barnier: UK can change mind on single market until end of 2020

The UK has until the end of 2020 to change its mind about leaving Europe’s single market, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has said. Michel Barnier said that if the UK changed its “red lines” during the post-Brexit transition period, the EU would also change its position. Theresa May says the UK will quit…Read More

Sir Cliff arrived at the High Court with broadcaster Gloria Hunniford

Cliff Richard: BBC raid report ‘shocking and upsetting’

Sir Cliff Richard has broken down in court as he described the “shocking and upsetting” BBC television coverage of a police raid on his home in 2014. He is suing the BBC over privacy and said in a witness statement his health suffered “mentally and physically”. South Yorkshire Police searched the singer’s Berkshire apartment after…Read More

Syria crisis: UN chief says Cold War is back

The UN’s secretary general has said the Cold War is “back with a vengeance”. Antonio Guterres also warned about the dangers of escalation over Syria. The US and its allies are considering launching missile strikes against Syria after a suspected chemical attack, an action which Russia – whose forces are there supporting the government- has…Read More

In images and in words, President Xi Jinping of China and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, signaled on Wednesday that they had repaired the relationship between their countries. Credit North Korean Central News Agency

Kim Jong-un was in Beijing, China and NK confirm

After days of speculation, it has been confirmed that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un did pay a visit to Beijing. The visit, confirmed by China and North Korea, was Mr Kim’s first known foreign trip since taking office in 2011. He held “successful talks” with President Xi Jinping, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. China is…Read More

He joined the viola section of the ROH orchestra in 2002

Musician wins landmark ruling over ruined hearing

By Clive Coleman Legal correspondent, BBC News   A viola player who suffered a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure in 2012 has won a landmark High Court judgment against the Royal Opera House (ROH). The case won by Chris Goldscheider has huge implications for the industry and the health and…Read More